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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang Presents Cheques to Children and Their Parents Under Its “Embrace Gift of Life” Programme

December 20, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang presented cheques totalling RM159,000 to cover the surgical expenses of five children under the resort’s “Embrace Gift of Life” programme in a ceremony held at FIP at 10:30 a.m. In attendance were representatives from Gleneagles Medical Centre, Mr Henry Cheah; from Penang Adventist Hospital, Ms Jenny Ooi, Ms Tabitha Andrews and Ms Yeong Lin Yoke; and members of the local press.

Four out of five children had their surgeries at Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang, while one of them had her surgery at Institute Jantung Negara (IJN; National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur).

The first receiver, Qhaseh Lateefa Zarqa Binti Mohd Abd Latif, was born with Down syndrome and was initially admitted to Penang Hospital. Surgery costing RM45,000 was required to fix the child’s atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) at IJN. Qhaseh’s parents are petty food traders currently living with their relatives in a shared house.

The second receiver, Noor Muhammad Afiq Bin Faizal, was born a twin and diagnosed with AVSD; his twin brother did not have any associated symptoms. The resort sponsored RM25,000 for Muhammad Afiq’s surgery.

The third receiver, two-year-old Leong Chau Ran, was presented with RM31,000 for corrective heart surgery. She was diagnosed with pulmonary atresia, a form of heart disease that occurs during birth whereby the pulmonary valves do not form properly. Her father is a self-employed rubber tapper at Kuala Kangsar, Perak, while her mother is a housewife.

The fourth receiver, Muhammad Akramullah Bin Mohd Azrol Nizam, was also born with AVSD. The resort sponsored RM38,000 for his surgery. His father is a general worker at a small marine company and his mother is a housewife looking after his sibling.

Lastly, seven-month-old Chong Kah En, diagnosed with multiple cardiac problems, was initially admitted to Ipoh Hospital. Due to lack of appropriate medical facilities, he was referred to Gleneagles Hospital Penang for treatment. He was presented with RM20,000 for corrective heart surgery.

Elaine Yue, the resort’s general manager, presented mock cheques to the children’s families. Also present were Resident Manager Nick Flynn and Director of Communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman.

“To date, our resort has contributed a total of RM522,384 to 17 children over the past four years, since 2012,” said Ms Yue. “We are grateful to Gleneagles Medical Centre and Institute Jantung Negara for supporting and collaborating with us to grant these children a fresh start towards a better quality of life.”

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.

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